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How Much Does an Apple TV Remote Weigh?

If you’re looking to purchase an Apple TV, you might be wondering about the weight of the remote control that comes with it.

Even if you don’t plan on using the remote control much, you may be curious about its weight if you need to transport it from one location to another.

This information can help you decide whether or not the Apple TV would be a good fit for your needs. Continue reading to learn more about the Apple TV remote and its weight.

The first generation Siri Remote (also known as the Apple TV Remote) weighs 1.66 ounces (47 grams equivalent), and the second generation Siri Remote weighs 2.2 ounces (63 grams equivalent).

The second-generation Siri Remote isn’t only heavier than its predecessor but also slightly longer than it.

The Siri Remote comes in two versions, the first and second generation. Both remotes have always been small and sleek.

However, if you are looking for a larger or lighter remote, you might want to look at third-party options available on Amazon.

It is important to note that all of these third-party remotes are not compatible with your Apple TV device.

To use a third-party remote with your Apple TV device, you will need to jailbreak your device.

Can an Apple TV Remote be tracked?

Modern televisions are more sophisticated than ever before, but they have one major flaw that has persisted since the inception of television itself: remotes are notoriously easy to lose.

But the issue of the Apple TV remote is worse because it is relatively thin; users have been known to lose the remote in less than ideal circumstances.

So many users called for the remote to have a tracker that makes it easier to find.

It was all good news to Apple enthusiasts when they finally introduced AirTags, a tracking device that acts like the key finder, which will aid in finding personal belongings via the iPhone’s Find My app.

Many questioned why Apple didn’t incorporate the tracking technology in the remote, just like AirTags. Still, they had reasons for not making the Siri Remote have the AirTag-style tracking functionality.

But that doesn’t mean the Apple TV remote cannot be tracked. There’ve been many companies that have creatively designed a case for the Siri Remote, which will be able to safely accommodate the AirTags.

The Apple TV‌ ‌Siri‌ Remote R5 Case is one of these cases, and there’s a space at the back of it where the AirTag can be inserted.

And with the AirTag inserted at the back, whenever you misplace the remote, it can be located via the Find My app on your iPhone.

What can I use instead of an Apple TV remote?

People are looking for an alternative for the Apple TV remote for many reasons, but convenience and comfort are recurring factors for those seeking out alternatives.

However, that is only one of many reasons. In some cases, your remote might be lost or broken. But don’t worry. There are several Siri Remote alternatives you can use.

iOS Devices

There is no need to worry about how you’ll control your Apple TV if you’re carrying around any of the devices from the iOS line, be it an iPhone or an iPad. From either one of those, you’ll be able to control your Apple TV.

These are the steps to connect your iPhone to your Apple TV so you can control your TV through your phone.

  • Open the Control Center on any iOS device you intend to use.
  • Open the Apple TV remote by tapping on the Apple TV icon from the Control Center.
  • On the Apple TV remote app, tap on the virtual control area. And there you are.

NOTE: The Apple TV remote app is available in the Control Center for iOS 12 going up (later).

So if your iOS happens to be of a lower version, just take your time and follow the steps beneath to add it to your Control Center.

And before starting the whole thing, ensure your Apple TV and iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi. Now let’s go.

  • Go to Settings on your iOS device.
  • Select Control Center.
  • Select Customize Controls.
  • Scroll down to the More Controls section and look for Apple TV Remote.
  • Click on the + icon beside the Apple TV Remote.
  • You have now successfully added Apple TV Remote to your Control Center. Hence you can proceed to your Control Center to control your Apple TV.

Xbox Wireless Controller

If you’re a gamer or have a gamer in your home who uses Xbox or just has the Xbox controller, then you’re good to go.

The Xbox controller can also control your Apple TV without using any third-party app or device.

XBox Controller
XBox Controller

Now let’s go ahead and pair the Xbox controller and Apple TV, to control the TV with the Xbox controller.

  • Get your Xbox wireless controller in pairing mode. To get your Xbox Wireless Controller in pairing mode, hold the pairing button until the Xbox logo on the controller begins flashing. The pairing button is next to the LB button at the top of the controller.
  • Go to Settings on your Apple TV
  • Select Remotes and Devices
  • Select Bluetooth
  • Select Xbox Wireless Controller (the controller’s name). Your Apple TV will immediately pick the signal of your Xbox Wireless Controller if you turn on the pairing mode. There you go. Your Xbox Wireless Controller and now successfully connected to your Apple TV.

PS5 Controller

Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense Controller can also serve as an alternative for your Apple TV remote to control your Apple TV.

However, when checking your PlayStation 5 controller and Apple TV, the PlayStation 5 controller should be DualSense, and the Apple TV to be controlled should be running at least tvOS 14.5.

PS5 Controller
PS5 Controller

When you have met these two requirements, you may follow the instructions below to pair both devices.

  • Press and hold the PlayStation and the button labeled Create (The button in between the D-pad and the touchpad) on the DualSense until rapidly blinking blue lights begin to flash on the right side of the touchpad. The blinking light indicates that DualSense has been put in pairing mode.
  • Go to Settings on your Apple TV
  • Select Remotes and Devices
  • Select Bluetooth
  • Select DualSense Wireless Controller (the controller’s name) to pair your PS5 Wireless Controller with your Apple TV successfully.

Bluetooth Keyboard

A Bluetooth keyboard can help with the Apple TV when you need it.

Moreover, pairing or connecting the Bluetooth Keyboard is a bit like pairing with Xbox Controller and PS5 Controller because it all uses Bluetooth functionality.

Let’s go ahead and pair our Bluetooth Keyboard with our Apple TV.

  • Long-press the pairing button on your Bluetooth keyboard to pair.
  • Go to Settings on your Apple TV
  • Select Remotes and Devices
  • Select Bluetooth
  • Select Bluetooth Keyboard (the keyboard’s name) to pair the Bluetooth Keybaord with your Apple TV successfully.

Conclusion

The newer version of the Siri Remote, released on the 21st of May 2021, weighs more than the old version of the Siri Remote, released on the 30th of October 2015.

This is because it is made from a stronger material that makes it harder to break. The original Siri Remote was made from plastic, easily broken when dropped or hit against something hard.

The new model has been redesigned using aluminum instead of plastic, making it less likely to break when dropped or hit against something hard.

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